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Great report badknees, and really nice photos. I especially liked the sunrise on the rim pics - particularly the one with the agaves on the cliff edge lit up and the Sierra Quemadas in the distance a little less so. Also the cascade in Boot Canyon.(I also start my Big Bend hikes with a healthy dose of ibuprofen (back) but lately I'll switch off with Aleve and that may work even better). Thanks.
Nice trip. We were planning on heading out to Balmorhea for a few days in 2 weeks, but now looking at your pictures, I think we will do our first ever summer backpacking trip in the Chisos before hitting the pool.Another surprise for me was the picture of the "rain lily". I'm guessing that white flower you took a picture is one. Did you notice that they all disappeared the next day?
Enjoyed your refreshing report and photos, badknees! I am just beginning to plan a journey for mid-July or early August and this is very encouraging to me. Thanks for sharing. Must be the engineer in me, but that pipe at Boot Spring has got to have something blocking it. Wonder how we lodge a maintenance ticket with the Park? Perhaps I should bring out my plumbing snake...
Beautiful stuff BK, amazing amount of water. Maybe when I retire I will get to go to the Bend in the summer.
This one will get a 2017 calendar nomination for sure.I am now a permanent member of the bad knees club. My knees have always been a bit gimpy, but our spring break trip up Guadalupe Peak did my left knee in. Way back in 1999 I tore the ACL and lateral meniscus in a fall on a ski trip. Had the ACL reconstructed using the hamstring autograft, and the meniscus was resected. Rehabbed the heck out of it and it has been mostly fine ever since. The past few years it has tended to get sore on hikes (like at Yosemite last August), but the Guadalupe Peak experience was something else. It was getting sore on the way up, and at some point I slipped on some loose rocks and hyper-extended it a bit. On the way down, it really started to complain. Took me forever to get down the hill. Severe pain whenever I tried to flex the knee with weight on it. Had I not had my trekking poles, I might still be on that trail. For the next two weeks it was still hurting a lot. Orthopedist couldn't feel anything popping or grinding and x-rays showed only some chondromalacea (misalignment of the kneecap). I had problems with that back in the late 80's and early 90's. MRI a couple of weeks later showed that the meniscus was fine (or at least what was left after the 1999 surgery). Bursistis, more than likely triggered by the hyperextension and chondromalacea, was the apparent culprit. The knee still gets sore when riding my bike, even when wearing the prescribed knee support. I would imagine hiking will be problematic from now on. Orthopedist said surgery only had a 50% chance of helping, and since I no longer ski or play volleyball, I'll just live with it. No telling when I'll get out on the trail again anyway.
Sounds like we're all falling apart. Mine were a little stiff today but I went out and cut the grass and they feel better with movement. It was hotter(humid) than Big Bend though!
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